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T.A.S.K.S. 2 (Technology, Assets, Skills, Knowledge, Specialisation) - Second International BIBB/IAB Workshop

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17 - 18 January 2012

Conference Venue

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Bonn, Germany

Keynotes and invited speakers

  • David Autor, MIT Department of Economics
  • Bernd Fitzenberger, Department of Applied Economics, University of Freiburg
  • Michael Handel, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University
  • Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Heike Solga, Research Unit 'Skill Formation and Labor Markets', Social Science Research Center Berlin

Scientific Committee

  • Reinhold Weiß, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
  • Joachim Möller, IAB Nuremberg and University of Regensburg
  • Christian Dustmann, Department of Economics, UCL
  • Bernd Fitzenberger, Department of Applied Economics, University of Freiburg
  • Maarten Goos, Faculty of Business and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Michael Handel, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University
  • Michael Pflüger, Faculty of Economics, University of Passau
  • Heike Solga, Research Unit 'Skill Formation and Labor Markets', Social Science Research Center Berlin
  • Alexandra Spitz-Oener, Department of Economics, Humboldt University Berlin

The second international BIBB/IAB workshop on T.A.S.K.S., again hosted jointly by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Institute for Employment Research  (IAB), took place from January 17 to January 18 2012 at BIBB in Bonn (Germany).

As for the first T.A.S.K.S. workshop in Nuremberg, a main objective was to provide a discussion forum for scientists working on the substitutability and off-shorability of occupational activities (or tasks) and their consequences for skill demand. The second workshop brought together researchers from various disciplines, and extended the scale of the event and the number of participants.

In the run-up to the workshop, to ensure the quality of papers an international scientific committee consisting of nine esteemed scholars peer-reviewed extended abstracts or full papers, 34 of which were accepted and invited to submit full papers (see the call for papers).

Over the two days, 26 papers were finally presented in 13 sessions on tasks and polarization, changing skill demand, occupational mobility and wages, local labor markets, measurement, trade and off-shoring, and immigration (see presentations).

The scientific program combined sessions with four inspiring keynote talks from leading scholars in the field (see presentations):  David Autor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology und National Bureau of Economic Research), Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton University), Michael Handel (Northeastern University) and Bernd Fitzenberger (University of Freiburg).

More than 80 attendees from a variety of disciplines from Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Nigeria, the US, UK provoked a lively and informed debate about the role of job tasks in explaining (cross-) country changes in wages, occupational structures and skill demand, on worker heterogeneity in job tasks, on social and economic outcomes of the changing skill demand, on regional and international aspects of these trends, e.g. the trade in tasks, and on the measurement of tasks.

The conference clearly demonstrated that a task-based framework has a great potential to better the understanding of changes in occupational employment and earnings which is vital for sound economic policy, especially for correctly anticipating future skill needs and job opportunities. Both institutions aim at building upon the enthusiasm that was generated at both conferences and to organize a follow-up T.A.S.K.S. 3 event.

Program

Program (including presentations) and photo gallery

Call for papers (closed)

Any questions?

Please address any organisational enquiries to: Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Section 1.2-PR, Sabina Pohl.

Please direct any specialist questions regarding the event to Daniela Rohrbach-Schmidt, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Research Data Centre (FDZ), or to Christiane Keitel at the IAB in Nuremberg.

Letzte Änderung: 13.02.2012


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